Celebrating our Centenarians!

Imagine navigating life against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, two world wars, the Space Age, the Digital Age and many other historical events. The remarkable centenarians we serve at American Senior Communities possess a wealth of knowledge and are living historical treasures. 

What a privilege it is to share their amazing stories and valuable advice. We invite you to scroll through this photo album honoring some of the wonderful Centenarians that we are honored to serve at ASC.

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Anna Konanz

August 22, 1915

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Anna Konanz was a homemaker, creating a beautiful life for herself and her husband, Irvin. She enjoyed doing embroidery and spending time with her parakeet. Her advice for living a long life is: “take care of yourself and respect others.”

Lillie Bronson

August 2, 1913

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Born August 2, 1913 in Howard County, Indiana, Mrs. Bronson is a 1928 graduate of Kokomo High School. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington. She married Frank Sallee, who passed, and William Bronson, who also preceded her in death. She has five children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She worked as a dental assistant and CNA. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Mrs. Bronson told her family that she was a sickly baby, but that changed after the family doctor made a special “home brew” for her which helped her get better. “My mom thinks the brew is her secret to longevity,” said her daughter Cheryl Locke.

Audra Crispen

July 6, 1915

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Born in Mitchell, Indiana, Mrs. Crispen graduated from Mitchell High School in 1934. Her husband, Loren K. Crispen, preceded her in death at the age of 99. The couple has a daughter, Karen, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She worked for Reliance, a dress manufacturer in Kokomo and Ziker’s Cleaners of Kokomo.

Her favorite things to do include being with family, working at church, weeding her yard, decorating her home, cooking, sewing and burning candles. Her advice for living a long life: love God and family, speak your mind, no drinking or taking drugs, have clean fun and be patient.

Maggie Davis

November 17, 1918

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Maggie Davis worked as a seamstress and made quilts. She now enjoys singing church hymns, “I’ll Fly Away" is her favorite song to sing. She has a sweet tooth and loves to indulge in chocolate. Her tips for living a long, healthy life are to eat three times a day, eat fruit in between meals and always brush your teeth before you go to bed.

Ruth Ward

November 20, 1913

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Ruth Ward played the pipe and electronic organ for 75 years at numerous church and professional venues. Music was her passion.

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